YOUNG ADULT PROBLEMS: DANDRUFF

Dandruff, unless very severe, is more of a cosmetic nuisance than a medical problem. Characterized by a flaking of the scalp, dandruff is of no medical consequence unless it is disturbing an individual’s social lifestyle or irritating the scalp.

Occasionally associated with more aggressive skin conditions, such as psoriasis or dermatitis (eczema), the cause is either a minor fungal infection, an excess of heat in the system (from an Eastern point of view) or is associated with a lack of water intake (dehydration) and an excess of heat-creating foods or adrenaline-producing stress.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Wash the hair with a selenium-containing shampoo not more than three times a week for three weeks.

Take a vitamin B complex, five times the recommended daily dose for one week. Take zinc (5mg per foot of height) each night for two weeks and flaxseed oil (1 teaspoonful per foot of height) in divided doses with meals.

Flaxseed oil can be applied directly to the scalp with gentle massage.

Standing on your head will increase blood flow and should be performed for lOmin per day.

Consider chronic dehydration and correct this by drinking % pint of water per foot of height per day.

Persisting dandruff should be reviewed by a complementary medical practitioner with experience in herbal treatment who may consider several herbs including chamomile, figwort, rosemary and willow. Shampoos made from any of these may be curative.

Severe dandruff may be associated with underlying skin diseases and dandruff of sudden onset or not resolving swiftly should be reviewed by a doctor.

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